Another Week Has Ended

Another Week Has Ended

Another week has ended, Lord of All Time;
as we struggle into the house, exhausted,
after fighting the traffic,
dropping off the dry cleaning,
standing in line at the ATM,
and picking up a pizza.

Not to mention the hours and hours
given over to dealing with
irritable coworkers,
incompetent bosses,
irate customers,
and our own frustration.

We spend our days
biting our nails,
biding our time,
watching the clock,
counting the minutes
until our shift finally ends.

So what’s the big deal
about Eternal Life –
who’d want such a thing,
if it’s only more of the same?
That wouldn’t be heaven …
but quite the contrary.

Hell would be
just what we’re doing –
unchanging, repeated,
over and over; endlessly
with no respite.
Hell, as a matter of fact
is where we are.

Heaven seems so far away,
a world beyond imagining,
improbable,
unlikely, perhaps;
but not impossible –
or so we pray.

How long, O Lord,
must we wait,
to see Your face;
to delight in Your goodness,
to experience Your peace,
to live in Your radiant love?

How we yearn, O Beloved,
to be surrounded
by beings of light,
with loving hearts,
seeking to draw ever-closer to You,
Our Source of infinite grace:

a heavenly place,
of deep blessing
and gentle joys;
where beauty dwells
and kindness and compassion
flow like a mighty stream.

Teach us how to wait –
with patience
and faithful expectation –
the wonders not yet revealed,
the gladness to come,
after the troubles we have endured.

You have promised to dwell among us,
and sent your Son to walk with us;
to understand how it is with us:
eating and drinking,
laughing and weeping,
living and dying.

Despite all that He experienced –
the pride, greed, and prejudice,
injustices and insularity,
anger, fear, and even the hatred
of His gracious Message –
He persevered.

Funny, isn’t it –
that Your own Child
did not scorn the life we lead,
or the world in which we live;
but considered us worthy
to of His complete commitment
and undying love.

He called this Your Kingdom,
and gathered together disciples
to do all He did – and more;
to bless, heal, and forgive,
to proclaim Your goodness and mercy
to all the world.

Is it possible …
could His words still be true?
Is this place, among these people,
within these experiences –
are all of our lives
sacred?

Holy God, have we been blind?
Have we shuttered our souls
and closed our minds?
Are we deluded to await
the Second Coming –
when the First One was more than adequate?

Radiant One,
illuminate our understanding,
awaken our hearts,
encourage our spirits
the that we may see that Your salvation
is already present the land of the living.

Amen.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© December 6, 2009

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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